Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Alex Guarnaschelli's Reddit AMA Highlights

Alex Guarnachelli did a Reddit AMA yesterday taking questions from fans.  Here are some of the interesting questions/answers:
Photo - Food Network

Q:  Does Ted Allen ever get to taste the food on Chopped?
Alex:  ALL the time. He's a nibbler. smiles...And he likes to stay connected to what the contestants are doing.

Q:  Have you ever tasted something on Chopped that was disgusting but you had to act professional for the sake of the show/competitor's feelings?
Alex:  Of course...But cooking and eating food always involves great emotion, from the person who cooked it to the person who eats it. CHOPPED looks easy when you're sitting on your couch with a bowl of popcorn, but let me tell you, it's a whole different world when you open that basket, and Ted is giving you that stare.

Q:  On Chopped no one ever mentions the food being cold (or too hot). Due to the format of the show, as a judge do you just accept that the food will probably always be cold and must shift your focus on other aspects for critique?
Alex:  Yes. We never factor in temperature. Would be unfair, as everyone finishes cooking at the same time, but we taste the food person by person, which means the fourth contestant has food that waits far longer than the first

Q:  Finally, my wife has given me a free pass to make sweet sensual love to you and Amanda Freitag at the same time with our bodies smothered in nutella while Aarón Sánchez cheers us on. Can you please get the wheels in motion on making this dream a reality?
Alex:  Love your questions so far, but this one might get you CHOPPED! :)

Q:  Are there going to be any more Iron Chef America episodes? It appears that Food Network has cancelled the show, even though there is no official mention of it.
Alex:  I am confident that show will come back. Stay tuned.

Q:  Hey Alex!! My wife and I watch Chopped a lot. I've always wondered, on average how long does filming for an episode take place?
Alex:  An average episode of CHOPPED takes 14 hours to film. One episode per day.

Q:  Also, what does Geoffrey Zakarian smell like?
Alex:  Geoffrey smells like - that is fucking brilliant - he smells like Madagascar vanilla extract combined with 25 year barrel-aged Scotch. And orchids.

To read the full AMA, here is the link.


  1. She is quite good at descriptions. I was surprised that filming one episode took so long! Everyone must be wiped at the end of that time.

  2. Food Fortune looks interesting as does All Star Academy. At least they have people I enjoy watching, so I'll give them a shot.

  3. I would go with Alex, it looks like she would float better.

  4. dwight mannsburdenMarch 5, 2015 at 11:40 AM


  5. Love, love, love that Alex! She is smart, talented and seemingly fearless. She is also charming and funny and sweet. What an amazing mixture of talents and attributes. Go Alex!